In an effort to gain control over a suspect who is resisting arrest or poses as a potential threat to the public, themselves, or an officer, police are permitted to apply physical force and even deploy weapons when they feel circumstances permit it. Pepper spray is one type of weapon that is less lethal than a firearm that officers in Texarkana, TX and other cities in the state use during certain encounters with civilians and suspects. The pepper spray officers carry and use is unlike the type you are able to purchase on your own as it is highly potent and is made from capsaicin, or Oleoresin Capsicum (OC).
When an officer sprays an individual, their distance and the amount that is released plays a role in whether a person suffers from a serious or even life-threatening condition. Aside from how much pepper spray was used and how far the officer was standing away from the suspect at the time the weapon was deployed, other factors such as a person’s physical and mental condition also play a role in how they react to the fiery substance. For example, the following factors are said to result in a person having a more serious side effect when sprayed with pepper spray:
- Whether the individual was restrained.
- Other underlying diseases
- Other types of respiratory issues.
- Individuals who are on drugs at the time they are pepper sprayed.
What are some side effects of being pepper sprayed?
When a person is sprayed with pepper spray, it could lead to them suffering from:
- Chest pain
- Loss of consciousness
- Eye pain
- Permanent injuries
- And under certain circumstances, pepper spray can even lead to a person suffering fatal injuries, especially when preexisting conditions are present.
In January 2019, the mother of a 17-year-old male filed a civil suit alleging police misconduct after an encounter with a Texarkana, TX officer caused her son to lose his vision in his left eye [Source: TXK Today]. The teen, who was identified as DaQuan Huey, was struck in the face with pepper spray from a police JPX gun and is now suffering as a result of what his mother believes was an act of excessive force. Huey’s mother is seeking damages from the city as well as the Texarkana officer on her son’s behalf. While Huey and his mother have their own version of what transpired that day, so does the department. According to the news source, the department has refuted the claims made against it stating Huey’s misconduct is what led to him being pepper sprayed in his eye.
Now, if you recently suffered any of the injuries mentioned above as a result of being pepper sprayed and the officer who deployed the spray didn’t have grounds for using the weapon, it would be in your best interest to hire a Texarkana, TX police brutality lawyer. The dedicated and compassionate police misconduct lawyers at the Cooper Law Firm understand how difficult times may be for you and your family right now which is why they want to help you get through it. Simply contact this firm by calling 903-297-0037 and learn what steps these skilled lawyers will take to ensure justice is served and that you are properly compensated for your damages and/or losses.
The Cooper Law Firm is located at:
501 N. Third Street
Longview, TX 75601